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Qualifier Pera tops hometown fave Bondar in Budapest to set final with Krunic

Bernarda Pera won against Anna Bondar 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday afternoon and will play Serb Aleksandra Krunic in the final

Bernarda Pera Budapest 2022 Bernarda Pera USA at the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest | Imago / Panoramic

American qualifier Bernarda Pera won against Hungarian Anna Bondar, the No 9 seed, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the final of the Hungarian Grand Prix at Római Tennis Academy in Budapest on Saturday afternoon.

Pera, ranked No 130, will face 105th-ranked Aleksandra Krunic for the title.

Pera leads the pair’s head-to-head 2-0, but they have not met on clay.

Krunic, who snapped Yulia Putintseva’s eight-match Budapest winning streak on Saturday, is bidding for her second title, in her first WTA final since June of 2018; Pera is bidding for her first.

The 29-year-old Serb has dropped just 13 games through four matches at Budapest. Pera, yet to drop a set as well, has dropped 28 games through four rounds. She also won both her qualifying matches in straight sets.

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